GAO dismisses AT&T protest of FTS awards

GAO dismisses AT&T protest of FTS awards

The General Accounting Office has dismissed AT&T Corp.'s protest of the FTS 2001 long-haul telecommunications contracts awarded by the General Services Administration more than two years ago.

AT&T claimed that GSA's Federal Technology Service had materially changed requirements [GCN, June 18, Page 18]. It argued that missed deadlines and waived performance requirements invalidated the contracts and that GSA should reopen competition.

GAO said in its June 14 decision that the alleged changes were not sufficient to give it jurisdiction over the dispute.

AT&T had bid unsuccessfully against FTS 2001 contractors Sprint Corp. and WorldCom Inc. It filed an agency-level protest with GSA in April, after GAO issued a report critical of the slow transition by agencies to the new contracts. Last month, AT&T moved the protest to GAO when GSA would not let the company admit additional supporting evidence.

In a response to the GAO protest, GSA maintained that its changes were well within the scope of the original request for proposals.

It called AT&T's filing 'an imaginative, though unsupported, use of the GAO report.'

'W. Jackson

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